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This is the most important chart about the stock market crash

It's easy to freak out over the US stock market crash when you see a CNN front page like this:


Get your guns, get your ammo.

And it is true that global stock markets have had a rough morning. The Dow fell 1,000 points in its first four minutes of trading Monday morning (although it has recovered a good deal since). Still, when you put that drop into context — as economist Justin Wolfers does — you realize that the drop pales in comparison to all the gains the market has made over the past decade.

So, as the CNN homepage warns (in tiny font that you probably missed the first time): Don't panic. Definitely don't sell off your stocks. Perhaps visit this website. And remember that markets go up and down, and that in the decade-long scheme of things the market still has seen relatively robust growth.

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